The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System Audiobook, by Nortin M. Hadler Play Audiobook Sample

The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System Audiobook

The Citizen Patient: Reforming Health Care for the Sake of the Patient, Not the System Audiobook, by Nortin M. Hadler Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481595124

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Longest Chapter Length:

90:35 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:39 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

58:15 minutes

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Publisher Description

Conflicts of interest, misrepresentation of clinical trials, hospital price-fixing, and massive expenditures for procedures of dubious efficacy—these and other critical flaws leave little doubt that the current US health-care system is in need of an overhaul. In this essential guide, preeminent physician Nortin Hadler urges American health-care consumers to take time to understand the existing system and to visualize what the outcome of successful reform might look like. Central to this vision is a shared understanding of the primacy of the relationship between doctor and patient. Hadler shows us that a new approach is necessary if we hope to improve the health of the populace. Rational health care, he argues, is far less expensive than the irrationality of the status quo.

Taking a critical view of how medical treatment, health care finance, and attitudes about health, medicine, and disease play out in broad social and political settings, Hadler applies his wealth of experience and insight to these pressing issues, answering important questions for citizen-patients and policy makers alike.

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“Doctors should read this book and examine their motives and their consciences. Anyone who thinks they might ever become a patient should also use it to understand the hidden agendas at work in medicine—which might not necessarily be in their best interests!”

— Lois Rogers, international health-care commentator, former Sunday Times (London) health and social affairs editor 


  • “A tour de force. Compelling and extremely well-informed. Hadler offers important new insights.”

    — Mark Hall, health-care scholar and professor of law, Wake Forest University
  • “Blending best science, sound ethics, compassionate clinical care, and economic realism, Hadler exhorts patients to take control of their own health and health system to save the United States from fiscal disaster.”

    — George D. Lundberg, MD, former editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Medical Association
  • “Sweeping in scope. Dr. Hadler’s prescription for reform is radical and compassionate and could dramatically improve the health of every citizen while simultaneously saving vast sums of money.”

    — Jeanne Lenzer, medical investigative journalist
  • “An informed critique and evaluation of the current US health-care system with creative suggestions as to how it can be restructured for the benefit of patients. Hadler’s views are always interesting, original, and provocative.”

    — Arthur Rubenstein, MD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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About Nortin M. Hadler

Nortin M. Hadler, MD, MACP, MACR, FACOEM, is professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC hospitals. He is a frequent health-care commentator in popular media and the author of Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.

About Tom Weiner

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.